BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to observe the effects of an erbium-doped:yttrium, aluminum, and garnet (Er:YAG) laser when used to treat periodontally involved root surfaces. METHODS: Forty teeth affected by severe periodontal disease and scheduled for extraction were divided into two groups: in group A (control), 20 teeth were treated by hand instrumentation, and in group B (test), 20 teeth were treated by Er:YAG laser. RESULTS: In group A (teeth treated by curets), the root cementum layer was completely removed, but many deep scratches on the dentin layer were also observed. In group B, the laser-treated root surfaces, there was no cracking or carbonization, and the bacterial flora was completely eliminated, leaving a rough and uniform surface. CONCLUSION: Results of the present study showed that clinical use of an Er:YAG laser in vivo achieves plaque and calculus removal, providing a rough surface morphology.
|Autori:||CRESPI R.; BARONE A.; COVANI U|
|Titolo:||Er : YAG laser scaling of diseased root surfaces: A histologic study|
|Anno del prodotto:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1902/jop.2006.050043|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|